Fri, 04/24/2009 - 18:07 - Dutch Student Wins Biggest Ever European Poker Tournament

Dutch poker player takes down main event at EPT San Remo.

Constant Rijkenberg, an economics student from Amsterdam, has won €1,508,000 (£1,365,611) at the European Poker Tour's (EPT) San Remo event.The 20-year-old Dutchman beat Finland's Kalle Niemi in heads-up play to claim first prize at the penultimate tournament of the EPT season in Italy. According to the EPT, the San Remo event was the biggest major poker tournament ever held in Europe, with 1,178 players taking part and a record 47 different countries represented.Dragan Galic finished in fifth place after dominating the chip stacks in the first four days of the event, becoming the first Croatian player to cash at an EPT event.Rijkenberg will now go on to the EPT Grand Final, which gets underway in Monte Carlo next week.He outlasted a field containing a number of international poker stars, including current world champion Peter Eastgate and former World Series of Poker winners Greg Raymer and Tom McEvoy.The main event at the EPT Grand Final runs from April 28th to May 3rd at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort.ADNFCR-1691-ID-19138904-ADNFCR